As she picked up trash and wiped down tables, Kailee Brewer gained a greater appreciation for Harker Heights High School’s cafeteria workers.

“I realized more today that people leave trash on the tables and don’t clean up after themselves,” said Brewer, a Heights junior. “It makes me really upset that they don’t do that.”

Bewer was among a group of Harker Heights Junior Ambassadors who passed out Valentines to cafeteria workers Feb. 14 at the high school. They also let employees take a break by relieving them of their cleaning duties in between lunch periods.

Linda Sanders, the high school’s nutrition manager, said her staff prepares extra soup for the students when it’s cold and incorporates special plates into the menu to provide more variety.

She said it was “very nice” for her staff to be appreciated for the little things they do.

“It makes my heart happy,” Sanders said. “We go the extra mile for every student in this school, every day by just small things that we do that really make a difference to them.”

Alissa Martinez, a Heights junior, said she enjoys being a part of the ambassadors group, which is sponsored by the city’s chamber of commerce.

When she learned about the club’s Valentine’s Day community service project, she was happy to make sure the cafeteria workers weren’t overlooked.

“No one really takes the time to appreciate something so small that makes a big impact in your life,” Martinez said. “They’re not just cafeteria workers. They actually mean something to the school; they mean something to people.”

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